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Friday's News: Is National Security adviser HR McMaster next to leave the White House? Plus, the Trump administration imposes new sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies. 

New Russia sanctions are Trump’s strongest action against Moscow – but far short of what Congress wanted by the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Ellen Nakashima

“The Trump administration on Thursday took its strongest action to date to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election, imposing fresh financial sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies.” http://wapo.st/2G0c0ic

Cyberattacks put Russian fingers on the switch at power plants, U.S. says by the New York Times’ David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth

“The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.” http://nyti.ms/2FWTBTk

Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may followby the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig

“President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.” http://wapo.st/2IvyPsf

U.S. Pave Hawk helicopter crashes in western Iraq, killing seven by the Wall Street Journals’ Nancy Youssef

“A U.S. Pave Hawk helicopter, operating as a medevac, crashed in western Iraq on Thursday, killing all seven service members aboard.” http://on.wsj.com/2Gx5i0M

Trump’s Cabinet of peers by Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen

 “With the expected ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump's decision on a replacement could result in one of the biggest policy shifts of all of this White House's frequent comings-and-goings.” http://bit.ly/2Dwu7qK